Great Smoky Mtns. National Park Travel Guide

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Plan Your Great Smoky Mtns. National Park Vacation

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the great wild areas of the eastern United States and the most visited national park in the United States. From a roadside lookout or from a clearing in a trail, in every visible direction you can see the mountains march toward a vast horizon of wilderness.

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Great Smoky Mtns. National Park Hotels

The only accommodations actually in the park, besides camping, are at LeConte Lodge. Outside the park, you have a gargantuan selection of hotels of every...read more

Restaurants

Great Smoky Mtns. National Park Restaurants

The closest thing to fine dining you can find in the park is a hot dog at the snack bar in Cades Cove or a Coke from a vending machine at a visitor center...read more

Things To Do

Things To Do in Great Smoky Mtns. National Park

Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.

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Great Smoky Mtns. National Park Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go

    Witness the wilderness: This is one of the last remaining big chunks of wilderness in the East. Get away from civilization in more than 800 square... Read more

  • Bear Facts

    Black bear attacks in the Great Smokies or elsewhere in the mountains are extremely rare, but they do happen occasionally. The latest incident... Read more

  • One Day on the Tennessee Side

    If you have one day and are entering the park from the Tennessee side, start early, pack a picnic lunch, and drive to the Sugarlands Visitor... Read more

  • One Day on the North Carolina Side

    If you only have a day to visit the Smokies and are coming from the North Carolina side, start early, pack a picnic lunch, and drive to the... Read more

  • Getting Groceries

    Other than a small convenience store at Cades Cove campground, there is no place to buy picnic supplies and groceries in the park. However, you'll... Read more

  • Cataloochee, the Novel

    Asheville native Wayne Caldwell's 2007 novel, Cataloochee, and 2010 sequel, Requiem by Fire, tell the story of three generations of mountain... Read more

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